One foot is equivalent to 12 inches or so you thought. However, Subway begs to differ. Their footlong equals to 11 inches. That’s what the photo of the Subway sandwich alongside a tape measure showed which led to a class action suit against the company. Now, a judge has approved for the suit to be settled.
News.com.au reveals that almost three years back, Australian teenager Matt Corby from Perth posted a photo of Subway’s footlong turkey sub alongside a tape measure as proof that the footlong was just 11 inches. This was followed by a lawsuit filed against Subway’s parent company. Subway had issued a statement then elaborating that it is natural for the sandwich length to vary a bit because franchises did not bake them to the exact corporate standards.
The final approval to a settlement comes within months of the preliminary one granted in October. Daily Mail informs that Subway’s parent company, Doctor’s Associates, have decided to establish practices to make sure that the bread used in a footlong is actually a foot long or is at least 12 inches in length. Daily Mail also elaborates that the judge has also approved AU$720,845 (US$520,000) in attorney fees and AU$693 (US$500) for each of the 10 individuals who were representatives of the class, but no monetary claims were awarded to potential members of the class.
According to Metro, the sandwich chain has announced in an official statement that the judgement has allowed them to move ahead. The company aims to continue to create and offer finger-licking sandwiches and salads. Subway also aims to rebuild the reputation and trust that they had lost.
On their part, the people who had brought the class action suit have not received any financial compensation. However, according to News.com.au, it was always more about delivering what was promised. “The case is about holding companies to deliver what they’ve promised,” said Stephen DeNittis, the lawyer for the plaintiffs.